Being "ethnicized"

Cliff Sloane (cesloane@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Sun, 11 Dec 1994 14:41:51 -0600

I've just read some studies of what fieldwork does to ethnographers.
One question that came to my mind was not addressed, so I thought I'd try
the List for feedback.

I was having a conversation with an ESL student of mine who talked about
being "Americanized". She pointed out that I was not as "American" as my
colleagues, and to her appeared to be "Asianized" (her word). I replied
that, in America, what seemed to her as being "Asianized" would appear to
most Americans as being "strange".

Have you become "ethnicized" by your fieldwork? Do you live/act/think
differently as a result? Is there anything in the lit on this process?
I'm not talking about the classic slur "going native"; I find that I
welcome people to my house differently, I express thanks differently, I
even drive differently as a result of my experiences.